Oral Hygiene Instructions

How to care for your teeth properly at home

Dr. Pandich believes a great smile starts with healthy teeth and gums. Below are the steps on how to properly brush and floss at home!

Happy flossing and brushing!

Brushing

 

Tooth brush with toothpaste

  • Brush your teeth twice a day for 2 minutes. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush.
  • Replace your toothbrush every 3-4 months or if the bristles are frayed.
  • Place the bristles at a 45-degree angle to the gum line. 
  • Gently move the toothbrush in small circular motions (tooth-wide). 
  • Roll the bristles from the gum line to the chewing edge after 3-5 circular motions. 
  • Move the toothbrush to the next tooth and repeat. 
  • Do this on all tooth surfaces: inside, outside and chewing surface and on both upper and lower teeth.

Flossing

The words "clean teeth" spelled out in dental floss

  • Floss once a day (at least)
  • Use approximately 18 inches of floss or measure from your hand to elbow.
  • Wrap floss around your pointer or middle fingers on each hand.
  •  Start floss on one end and move floss to the other hand,  so each tooth is flossed with a clean piece of floss leave about 2 inches of floss between hands and keep the floss tight
  • Gently guide the floss between teeth, hug the tooth and gently  scrape along the tooth and under the pink gums in a c shape or bear hug, until you feel a slight resistance
  • Scrape up and down 3 times and switch to the other tooth in contact. 
  • Snap floss out and go the next tooth don’t forget the backside of your last teeth!